Recently I found an astonishing number of articles that cast a bad light on fraternities and sororities. The Greek life today is vastly different from the old stereotype. It is now less about crazy parties and keg stands, and more about a mutually supportive community centered on community service and academic achievement.

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One of the things that impresses me most about the Greek community at the University of Utah is the culture of interdependence; everyone supports everyone, especially when times are tough. There are still rivalries among the houses, but it is all kept respectful and kind-hearted. The community service is also very impressive. Greeks raise thousands of dollars every semester for charities around our community, benefitting causes like sexual assault prevention, women's literacy and cancer research.

I personally believe in the good power of Greek life because I have seen it first hand. The charitable acts and the strength and integrity of our Greek community is really something special. Greek life provides a home away from home for many students, and teaches young adults valuable skills. I'm proud to say it's now the type of place that I want my future kids to be a part of when they go off to school.

Kelton Ehblad

Salt Lake City